The 2023-24 Advanced Aircraft Design (AAD) project is a continuation of the conceptual design started in 2022-23.  Students from Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Systems and Communication Engineering are working under the supervision of lead engineers to design a hybrid-electric regional air mobility aircraft, the “BumbleB” which is powered by a combination of onboard batteries and sustainable aviation fuel.  This category AWM-523/527 aircraft uses 8 actuated electric ducted fans (EDFs) on the upper wing and two on the nose to enable vertical take-off and landing for remote locations that are served by conventional airfields.  The BumbleB can be quickly converted from three main configurations – passenger, cargo or patient transport – as dictated by each mission.

2023-24 Project Poster (Courtesy of Lidya Sobhano)

2023-24 Team